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Please begin this assignment by reviewing the section concerning Self-Assessment Tests on pages 16-21 in the course syllabus. This section covers information on your rights as a participant in the Self-Assessment Tests and what to do if you would prefer to skip one or more questions on a given test, plus guidelines on writing a suitable response. See also Appendix B in the syllabus for helpful examples of excellent SAT responses.
With all of the self-assessment tests from the book, there are no correct answers in terms of right or wrong. Be as honest as you can in answering the questions so that you can better understand yourself and your behavior related to leadership.
The link to the electronic survey is located at the end of this section.
What is your leadership potential score? In a one-page (maximum) argument, explain in more detail the meaning of this score to you. Keep in mind that larger organizations need “people” leaders and “individual contributor” leaders or a combination of the two. Some organizations even have separate “career tracks” that depend on a person’s preferred leadership style.
“People” leaders enjoy working with people in team settings and/or as individuals. Literature in the management area contends that there will be a “people” leadership void as the Baby Boomers retire in the next five to ten years. This may indicate an abundance of opportunities for those who diligently work to develop and/or sharpen their leadership skills.
Sometimes, people have a skill(s) that are rare in the workplace. Some people with a specialized skill set are not interested and/or capable of managing others. However, “individual contributors” are just as valuable to organizations as “people” leaders and they need to be recognized and rewarded for their work. “Individual contributors” tend to manage critical organizational processes in functional areas like finance and/or accounting or technical areas like scientific research and/or computer information technology.
Keeping these two types of leadership style in mind, what type of leadership role(s) do you see yourself working in for the future? Take a look at Chapter One for additional information regarding this self-assessment test. Make at least three assertions about the meaning(s) of this self-assessment test to you and support them with examples. Write a convincing case that presents a strong defense for your argument.
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